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ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. successfully completes YAT-1-1 project
In December, experts from ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. completed implementation of the YAT-1-1 project. Its main objective was to create geological database of the Streltsovskoye ore field, whose commercial development is conducted by JSC Priargunsky Industrial Mining and Chemical Union (JSC PIMCU), as well as to develop and test mining and exploration computer technologies at pilot blocks.
Under this project, JSC PIMCU divisions introduced the MineFrame system, which allows for designing geological and mining engineering 3D models, and also for operationally planning mining activities at the Industrial Union’s mines.
In June 2013, industrial implementation of the system commenced at the Shaft-Sinking Department of JSC PIMCU and the Mine No.8. This work involved the participation of professionals from geological surveyor services and technical engineering departments, who were entrusted with the task of testing the system and inputting relevant indicators. As of today, 45 workstations provided with the MineFrame electronic licenses have been put into operation at JSC PIMCU.
Based on the results of the YAT-1-1 project implementation a database, which enables operational evaluation of reserves, production of ore body wireframe models and block models, was generated. Furthermore, a geological and mining engineering model of the Shaft-Sinking Department and the Mine No.8 was developed and is regularly updated with surveyor measurements, geological and geophysical test results and drifting data.
Also, within the framework of the YAT-1-1 project, mining and exploration computer technologies were developed and tested for uranium deposits, where the downhole in-situ leaching method is applied. Block 3-1 at the central industrial site of the Dalmatovskoye deposit being developed by JSC Dalur was chosen as a pilot facility. These technologies were tested on the platform of the STI Complex information system developed in 2012 jointly with NRNU MEPhI and having no counterparts.
So far, a geological model of block 3-1 has been created; analysis of obtained results and their comparison with actual drifting data has shown that application of mining and exploration computer technologies to manage operational block drifting is highly efficient. According to estimations made by experts from ARMZ Uranium Holding Co., who are responsible for the YAT-1-1 project implementation, the obtained results are sufficient for 3D mining and exploration computer technologies destined for uranium deposits, where the downhole in-situ leaching method is applied, to be created and introduced at further work stages.
In 2014, it is planned to continue implementation of geo-mathematical modelling technologies throughout ARMZ facilities, and also to generate the Holding Company’s integrated geological database.